With inflation at a 40-year high, many people are having to cut back not only on gas, but on groceries as well, and some are having to make tough choices.
Peter Mburu, 34, of Weymouth used to buy two or three large bags of oranges each week. Now, he buys only one because his 2-year-old daughter drinks three gallons of milk per week. And with another child on the way, he and his wife no longer can afford to buy whatever they want as prices continue to creep up.
“We live in an apartment, so it’s a competition with what bills get paid so we can eat,” Mburu said. “It’s hard to get financial liberation so that you can afford a mortgage.”
The Herald did some comparison shopping at one supermarket, and here’s what we found:
“I actually have sat down and redone my budget,” said Adrian Price, 36, of Braintree, who grew up watching “The Price is Right” because he thought it was interesting to gauge the prices of commodities.
To help offset food costs, he has cut Netflix and Spotify and has had to “go lean.”
“The interesting dynamic about food costs is it actually can be cheaper to go out to some place like Domino’s Pizza, compared to coming here and getting raked over the coals,” he said.
“Hopefully, the job market can stay strong,” said Price, who was buying corn on the cob and some hot dogs to grill. “If not, with inflation, I think we’re headed toward another recession.”
Katie Eagan said that before the pandemic, she used to be able to buy 2 pounds of chicken thighs for $3.80; now, she said, they’re $5.66.
“Across the board, food prices have skyrocketed,” said Eagan, 26, of Dorchester. “I’m definitely more cautious about what I’m buying and stretching bills now.”
Cheating Sideropoulos, a nanny shopping with the 2-year-old twins she cares for, said she used to be able to buy a half-gallon of milk for $1.99; now, it’s $3.09.
“I don’t get my huge groceries now,” said Sideropoulos, 51, of Abington. “Now, I just get what’s needed.”
Renee Collins was buying 15 bottles of Gatorade for $22 for her husband. Before the pandemic, that many would cost her $15.
“It definitely has affected our budget,” said Collins, 53, of Braintree. “We buy more store brands and what’s on sale. I used to be able to buy six or seven bags of groceries for $100. Now I come and my husband’s like, ‘What did you get? You have only four bags of groceries for that much?’”
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